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Thread: How to determine which chuck is better

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    Default How to determine which chuck is better

    I have two 5 three jaw chucks. Both are Chinese. I would like to mount the better of the two on my 11 x 26 lathe. One came with the Grizzly G9972z 11" x 26" lathe and the other I bought from LMS for a 7" x 10 mini lathe. What should I be looking for to determine which is the better made chuck? Both chucks have inside and outside jaws.
    Gary

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    Check the jaws for wiggle and looseness. If you have them mounted, chuck up a piece if something round (a ground tool shank) and check for run-out. It would be nice to check the run-out at multiple chucking diameters to check the linearity of the scroll. Also check the gripping surfaces of the jaws for damage or evidence of a part being pulled out.

    --Doozer

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